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Old 03-29-2017, 01:59 PM
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Hey everyone,

My parakeet has had a respiratory infection. The vet put her on antibiotics for 7 days. I was a bit upset because I felt he should have given it to him via injection. It has been 6 days already and she still is sick. I did notice that she is chirping a bit more, but is still clicking and bobbing her tail a bit.

I called the vet and they said to be patient. There is only one day left though!

Does this seem right? I am trying to get her in for a second opinion from another vet.

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Did you see an Avian Vet or a regular vet?
What medication was prescribed?
Was the medication given in the water or did you give it to him orally via syringe?

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"

Having your budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
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If the antibiotic is being added to the water your bird may not be getting enough to be effective, depending on how often she drinks. If you have been giving it directly into the mouth with a syringe I would except to see a change by now. A second opinion is good, as FaeryBee has asked, is it an avian vet?
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Thanks for the replies.

It was not an avian vet, but a vet that has experience with birds. There are no local avian vets near me. I did see you guys had a link to one you could pay for online, but it seemed to be in Australia. Is there one that I could contact in the US online?

The medication goes in the water. I wanted him to give the injection because from what I read online, it doesn't seem that the water meds are very effective. I do see her drinking the water, but I don't know if it's enough.

I spoke to the vet office today again and the person on call said I could attempt to give two drops via oral... I don't really feel comfortable with "two drops". It just doesn't seem to be very scientific... the vet himself is not in until Saturday morning.
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What is the specific antibiotic you were given?

Generally, administration orally via syringe is more effective.
Often a 10 day or 2 week dosage is recommended.

If there is no certified Avian Vet near you, then the next best option is to find an Exotic Vet who has experience with small birds.

Central Animal Hospital
317 Ardsley Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: 914-723-1250

Bronx Veterinary Center
Address: 2460 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: (718) 933-1002

Riverdale Veterinary Group
3607 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10463
(718) 796-8387
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